Have you ever looked up at the sky and tried to find a picture in the clouds? Or sat by the ocean and just listened to the waves crashing against the rocks? Lingered in a piazza and watched the people going by? Life is a journey of self-awareness. You may never truly figure it out, but the challenge is in trying. And I am definitely willing to give it a try.
In my artistic endeavors I love to explore color, texture and patterns. I try to challenge myself to express moods, rhythms and temperatures. I love to learn and experiment to see what might, or might not happen. Sometimes it works and sometimes I simply enjoy the problem solving moments in my studio.
I grew up in the small farm town of Fullerton, Nebraska (#smallpond) and attended Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska receiving a Bachelor of Arts in History and Art. Following my undergraduate degree I attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha where I received an Master of Arts in American History with a minor in Art History. It was in college where I more fully started my journey of travel and exploration through trips to Italy & France and an amazing year as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Ireland.
I was fortunate to have supportive parents who didn't flip out when I informed them that I wanted to be an art major. And I am even more fortunate to have an encouraging husband who has created some dedicated space in our home for my creative endeavors. (Added bonus, he LOVES to travel & explore too!)
I love to connect people and lift them up creatively. I started the Hibernate & Create 31 Days of Creativity Challenge in 2016 as a way to not only motivate myself, but to bring creatives together. It has blossomed into an amazing group of support from around the U.S. & Canada. I truly cherish this group and am proud of what we can accomplish when we work together. They've inspired me to host my first Hibernate & Create RETREAT this January 2018. I can't wait to share the experience with old & new friends.
I live in LaVista, Nebraska with Drew the husband, Toby the dog and Simon the cat. I spend my days working in corporate America and some of my free time creating. I am a member of the Midwest Lampworkers Guild (no . . . we don't make lamps, we work in glass and all things bead related) and the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild. My works can be purchased online via Facebook & Instagram posts, my Etsy site (when I get things listed) or at Fala's Treasures & Coffeehouse in Elkhorn, Nebraska. I also take a limited number of custom orders.
I have more ideas then I have time.
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